Utterly gorgeous 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom property, with a location that I can only describe as stunning.  One of the things that is best about this property is that, not only does it sit in an enviable ” edge of village ” location  –  at the end of a ” no through road ”  – , but this location is protected…. The fields behind the property are, we are reliably informed, going to stay as they are, additional building being totally prohibited.

So… not only do you have fabulous, far reaching, south facing views – looking across fields and woods to the distant Pyrenees  –  and, as a detached property, no immediate neighbours   –   but it is going to stay this way.

The property itself has enormous charm,if the roof line had been straight, it could have looked ” lumpen ”  ( it’s pretty big )… but it isn’t   –  and it doesn’t.   It looks beautiful right from the moment you see it.
I’ve never been a fan of the phrase ” Architect Designed ”  – ( after all, nearly all houses have had a Architect involved at some point ) – but I do  know the ” history ” of this house… It was designed by a lady architect for her and her family – and you can see the love that went into this design  – plus the applied practicality.
 It is just so pretty  –  curve topped windows, garden ” rooms “, hardly a straight line to be seen outside  – curve leads to curve ..
Generous French windows leading to the magical garden areas,  a wide terrace to take full advantage of the sun to the south facing back of the property…complete with a blind to give shade from the midday sun in mid summer…  Ideal for outdoor eating, lazing and entertaining..
 And then, to your right as you go outside, the most astounding, intelligent pool and pool area.  Plus, slightly to your left,  a judiciously placed shade tree, mature now, ( ….but the siting of the baby tree was seriously thought about ),  placed close to the terrace…  Ideal for eating under when it is seriously hot..and very, very pretty…
The pool has been seriously upgraded by the current owners  –  swapping the chlorine system for a salt water system,  re-surfacing the terraced area surrounding the pool, putting in a totally new liner, and updating the vast summer kitchen and dining area.  It is now an utter joy…
As ” empty nesters ” the current owners have kept a dedicated area to the side of the property as a “play area ” for grandchildren – but it could be whatever you want it to be.. a self sufficient ” grow you own ” plot,anything…..whatever your heart desires..
I am not even going to describe the interior – other than to say that it is high quality, recently upgraded by the current owners …. and is  a total joy…. imagine an upgrade that involves more ” bathroomage “, allied to the best of modern design that marries happily with all that already existed… dressing room to the master bedroom… ” Jack and Jill ” shower room between the two other bedrooms… it’s all here….
 You have to come and see this property….
 And, if you wanted to, the current garage is so big that you could use part of it as a separate and additional roomspace…. work from home office space perhaps ?
 This has been a ” no expense spared ” upgrade…. but this property warranted it….
I know this property as it is in Chalabre,  ( the village I have chosen to live in  )   … We have shops, two bar / restaurants, an hotel, a Saturday Morning Farmers’ Market, schools, local Doctor, library, mini supermarket, it is all here, even a local garage doing repairs and selling petrol / diesel.
It is friendly, welcoming, and,  ” icing on the cake  “,  Lac de Montbel is  only 5 minutes away by car.. ( here’s the link )….
 This is one of the reasons I chose to live here …  no powered boats allowed, an oasis of peace with wonderful walking all around the lake ( about 8 k all around  )..  magical….
I believe this property to be a fabulously good buy … I’ve lived here for nearly 20 years now – and only regret that I didn’t make the move sooner…
This is a seriously realistic price for a property of this size, location and quality… And, unusually, we have chosen to use the current owner’s photos….. rather than take our own…They really do give you the sense of this total ” one off  ” property.  The river shot, by the way, is of the river at the bottom of the fields…..
If you are thinking of moving to this area,and if you don’t want to half kill yourself with renovation work, this property could be the answer to your dreams….
You could just bring your suitcases….and the things that matter to you…
 It is a total gem and a complete “one off “… detached, wonderful south facing views, yet with the ability to walk into the centre of a friendly, vibrant , classically ” French ” village…. Stuff of dreams…   Personally, I view it as an ”  A Plus  *** ” property.. very special…
Don’t hesitate to e us with any questions at all  –  about utterly anything  –  my colleague, Josef and I are here to help….and happy to help..
 He is highly intelligent, has lived here since he was a schoolboy, and is completely computer literate… I, on the other hand,am old enough to be his Grandmother….
So, between us, we hope to cover the entire spectrum of  your questions, ( and I do not say that lightly…)  If you can, do come and see it, if you can’t, don’t worry, Josef could do a ” walk through ” video  for you  …
Just contact us … we look forward to meeting you/ talking with you.. and helping you as much as we can….
With all very best wishes, Lizzie
PRECIS:
3 generous bedrooms
1 generous bathroom /  1 shower room
Open plan at ground floor – kitchen / dining room plus big living area, terrace leading to gardens / woodburner in living area ( vented to 1st floor ) plus back up heating.
Master bedroom at ground floor level
Garage leading off kitchen / dining area ( could easily form even more living area ( Home office ? ) whilst keeping car space
Edge of village location ( protected )
Views of the Pyrenees, woods, fields, to rear of property
Updated pool/ pool surround area
Mature gardens to all sides of the property
Exterior summer kitchen ( large ) adjacent to pool area
Easy walking distance to village with services
Good links to airports, TOULOUSE BLAGNAC approx 1 1/2 hrs
CARCASSONNE approx 45 mins / 1 hour
Nearest rail link PAMIERS
Mediterranean coast approx 1 1/2 hours
Nearest ski-ing ( family friendly ) Laroque d’Olmes approx 45 mins / 1 hour
Serious skiing plus duty free shopping, ANDORRA, approx 1 1/2 hours.
Mains drainage
Mains water
Mains electricity
Commune : CHALABRE, Dept de l’AUDE
Postcode   : 11230